PCWIE – Final Conference, Porto 24 May 2019

AIMMP is preparing the Final Conference of the 2 Seminars – Perspectives and Challenges of the Woodwork Industries in Europe, which took place in Portugal, Porto and Lisbon, a joint organization Cei-Bois European Industrial Industries Confederation / EFBWW- European Federation of Building and Woodworking Industry / and EPF – European Federation of Panels.

The “Final Conference” addresses the conclusions and directives of the Porto and Lisbon meetings.

The First Seminar focused on two themes:

  • Formaldehyde and working conditions in the sector

Second Seminar:

  • Improvement of the image and attractiveness of the sector as a way to attract qualified human resources and new skills for this industry with future

Soon, all the information about this important “Final Conference”

The Project

Perspectives and Challenges of the Woodworking Industries in Europe, is a joint project between the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois), the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) and the European Panel Federation (EPF).

The project focuses on challenges faced and solutions offered by the WI and will aim at developing common opinion and deriving recommendations to the companies and workers involved, so that a real practical on-the-ground effect of this project can be measured in five years’ time.
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The Background

The European woodworking and furniture industry is the EU’s fifth largest manufacturing industry. It contributes €219 billion to the economy and generates almost 2 million jobs many of which are in rural or less industrialised areas.

Enhancing the competitiveness and sustainability of the European Woodworking Industries (WI) will support stable employment growth and encourage investments into rural or under industrialised communities and in doing so will help to avoid delocalisation.
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Founded in 1952, CEI-Bois is the European Confederation of the Woodworking Industries; it is a non-profit-making Organisation, legally registered as an AISBLunder the Belgian law. The Umbrella Confederation is based in Brussels and numbers 18 National Organisations, 6 European Sector Federations as well as 1 commercial public establishment.

The day-to-day management of CEI-Bois is performed by the secretariat in Brussels, supported by a number of working groups dealing with Sustainability, Social Affairs, Construction, Innovation and Trade issues. Additional ad hoc task forces are established when needed.




The European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) is the European Industry Federation for the construction industry, the building materials industry, the wood and furniture industry and the forestry industry. The EFBWW has 76 affiliated unions in 34 countries and represents a total of 2,000,000 members. The EFBWW is a member of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and has its headquarters in Brussels, the capital of Europe.

The Federation’s main task is to represent its affiliates in Europe and help them defend the rights and interests of the workers in the industries it covers.


EPF has members in 25 countries. The EU wood panel industry has a turnover of about 22 billion euro every year, creates over 100,000 jobs directly and counts more than 5,000 enterprises in Europe.

Furthermore, every job in the wood-panel industry generates a multiple of jobs in the downstream user sectors such as the further processing companies and the users in the building, furniture and packaging industries, which have a strong SME character.

Additionally, wood panel factories are often located in rural, less industrialized or developed areas, making an important contribution to the local economy.